NEC MultiSync LCD1830

Not only is the fall in 15in flat-panel prices great news for anyone looking to throw out their old CRT (cathode ray tube) monitor in favour of a slimline LCD (liquid crystal display) panel, it's also had a positive effect on the top end of the market.

NEC's track record in the flat-panel market is second to none, and with the LCD1830 it offers an 18.1in screen for just $2495. CRT monitors are governed by the size of the tube rather than the actual viewing area, so the LCD1830 boasts a picture equivalent to a 19.5in CRT. For its size, the MultiSync is relatively light and will maximise your desk space.

First impressions, though, aren't promising - the NEC's flimsy case construction does not bode well for longevity. However, the DVI (digital video interface) provides invaluable future-proofing, despite the PC industry's lukewarm reaction to the digital revolution. An extra RGB connector is provided, and the smart control panel gives access to this and a number of other industry-standard features.

The NEC's hardware specs are impressive and include a 160§ viewing angle, 0.28mm pixel pitch and 300:1 contrast ratio. It's hard to fault the LCD1830 technically, and you'll also appreciate the excellent image quality. Text definition is needle-sharp, and the colour palette is a visual treat. The colours are customisable and the RGB mode is an asset for art and graphics work, where an industry-standard colour scheme is a must.

NEC MultiSync LCD1830

With image quality this good and a price tag this "low, the flimsy case is a minor flaw in the LCD1830. Its price is competitive with 17in models, and the vibrant and versatile 18.1in screen would stand out "at twice the price.

Price: $2495.

Phone: 13 1632.

URL: www.nec.com.au.

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